Heritage out of Control: Waste, Spirits, Energies

Workshop 17-19 May 2021

Workshop hosted by the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory”

Workshop organisers: Serawit Bekele Debele, Çiçek İlengiz, Annika Kirbis

*The workshop schedule refers to CET       

DAY 1 | 17 May

14:00 Opening Remarks

14:15-15:45 Panel 1: Heritagising Waste
Discussant: Anne Berg (University of Pennsylvania)

Recycled Memory: Human Bones as Inherited Waste of Central EuropeKatarzyna Williams (The Australian National University)

Waste, Copious and PlentifulAlice von Bieberstein (Humboldt University of Berlin, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage)

The Waste of War: Human Remains and other Leftovers of War in Vietnam – Tam Ngo (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies/ Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Blasting BombsRegina F. Bendix (Georg August University of Göttingen)

15:45 Break

16:15-17:45 Panel 2: Revisiting Wasteland
Discussant: Marian Burchardt (Leipzig University)

Commemorating the Lucky Strike: How the Environmental Destruction of Gold Mining is Remediated through Museums – Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto)

Following the Brick: Unruly Imperial Legacies and Heritagisation in ViennaAnnika Kirbis (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, University of Utrecht)

Reclaiming New York’s Hart Island as a Site of Negative HeritageHeidi Aronson Kolk (Washington University in St. Louis)

Chernobyl as Heritage: Waste, Energies, and Spirits of the Exclusion Zone – Elena Romashko (Georg August University of Göttingen)

17:45 Coffee Break

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Lecture Reflections on Garbage and Genocide Anne Berg (University of Pennsylvania)

DAY 2 | 18 May

14:00 Welcome back

14:15-15:45 Panel 3: Heritage in Motion
Discussant: Azza Mustafa (HUMA, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town)

Buddhist Temples as Storehouses of Excess: Assembling Material Biographies of Belonging in Depopulating Japan – Paulina Kolata (Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester)

The Jinns are in control of us: contested mystical inheritance as ‘heritage’ in the changing landscapes of Pemba, Zanzibar – Nathalie Arnold Koenings (Zayed University, Dubai)

The “Festa de Yemajá”: Rediscussing Waste, Cultural Heritage, and Ritual Innovation in the Context of the Climate Crisis in Brazil – Giovanna Capponi (University of Roehampton)

Today’s Utopia Tomorrow’s Waste? Exploring how Beliefs and Spiritual Dimensions of Inequality Turn Today’s Realities of Waste into Future Heritage and (Invisible) MonumentsVibha Galhotra and Fouad Asfour

15:45 Break

16:15-17:45 Panel 4: Sensing Heritage
Discussant: Serawit Bekele Debele (University of Bayreuth)

Atmospheric heritage: Processions, Ritual, and Claims to the City in Shi‘i MumbaiPatrick Eisenlohr (Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Georg August University of Göttingen)

Heritage through Negation: Holocaust, Atlantic Slavery, and the Politics of Commemoration in TurkeyEzgi Güner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Esra Özyürek (University of Cambridge)

Present Gods, Absent Nation: Negotiating Tangibility in a Heritage Ritual – Eva Ambos (University of Tübingen)

For Whom the Libation is Poured: Heritage and Religious Representation at Public Functions in Ghana – Mariam Goshadze (Leipzig University)

DAY 3 | 19 May

14:00 Welcome back

14:15-15:45 Panel 5: Museums and its Malcontents
Discussant: Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University)

Inheriting Love: The Museum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Çiçek İlengiz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) 

Haunted Intimacy: Curating Spectral and Vital Space within a Home – Marisa Karyl Franz (New York University)

The Shoe Doll: An Extraordinary Emergent Object – Alice Sage (Goldsmiths, University of London) 

From Materiality to Spirituality. Post Colonial Ethical and Cultural Developments and the Future of Museums Debbi Challis (London School of Economics) and Lucia Patrizio Gunning (University College London)

15:45 Break

16:15-17:45 Panel 6: Haunted Legacies
Discussant: Jeremy F. Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

The Spatial Politics of Remembering the Deaths of Children with Disabilities in Institutions and the Judicialization of the State Socialist Past in Romania – Leyla Safta-Zecheria (West University of Timișoara)

Monuments of many Pasts: Inheriting or (Re)creating Waste? Hansa Rawat (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi)

Heritage as Specter: Musings on the Destruction of an Icon – Adeline Masquelier (Tulane University, New Orleans)

Legacy of the Troubles: The Role of Heritage in Northern Irish Ghostlore – Jesse A. Fivecoate (Indiana University Bloomington)

17:45 Coffee Break

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Lecture
Disturbing Heritage
Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University)